Feedlot 101: What’s Optimal for Hereford Cattle?
The next online Hereford 101 will be Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. CDT. Jim Williams, Certified Hereford Beef (CHB) LLC vice president of supply, will join Jack Ward, American Hereford Association (AHA) chief operating officer and director of breed improvement, to discuss the characteristics of Hereford cattle that create value in the feedlot.
In order to view the video, your computer needs to have a broadband connection to the Internet. Dial up Internet will allow you to participate, but will only facilitate the audio portion of the Webinar.
If you go to LiveAuctions.tv, you will see an item in the calendar (list of auctions) for Hereford 101. Click on it and you will be prompted to enter a user name and password. If you haven’t previously set up an account you can do so via the Web site. It only takes a minute or two; just click on the “Hereford 101” item, and then on “Create a New User.” It is strongly suggested that you set up an account before the night of the Webinar.
For more information, contact Ward at (816) 842-3757 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual Meeting Details Online
For information on the AHA Annual Meeting, Ladies of the Royal Sale and the Foundation Female auction, see the news releases under “Announcements” on Hereford.org.
Running for the Board – Mark Cooper
At the AHA Annual Meeting on Oct. 23 in Kansas City, Mo., six candidates will vie for three positions on the AHA Board of Directors. One candidate will be featured each week for the next six in Hereford eNews. This week, the AHA would like you to meet Mark Cooper.
Mark Cooper, president and manager of Cooper Hereford Ranch, Willow Creek, Mont., has been involved with registered Hereford cattle for more than 40 years.
“With my background and foresight I hope to help lead the Hereford breed into the future,” Mark says. “I hope as a member of the AHA Board I’ll have the opportunity to make a contribution to the breed and to the breeders who I have had the pleasure of working with throughout the years.”
Mark began working with registered cattle as a young teenager under the guidance of his father, Jack Cooper. He attributes much of his knowledge and success to the years he spent working alongside his father. Mark’s interest in agriculture and love for cattle led him to take courses in agriculture production at Montana State University. While attending school he continued to work part time for his father before returning to the ranch permanently in 1977.
Mark has served on several agricultural boards as president and director. He has also been actively involved in numerous agriculture programs and organizations, including the Gallatin Beef Producers, Montana Stock Growers, Montana and American Hereford associations, Miles City Research Station advisory committee, Montana Beef Producers Association, Montana State University animal and range science beef advisory committee, Park-Gallatin Hereford Association and the Gallatin County Farm Bureau.
He served as president of the Montana Hereford Association for two years and director for six years. In addition, he served as secretary of the Willow Creek Volunteer Fire Department and is an active member of the Holy Family Parish.
The Coopers started performance testing in 1957. Since then, Jack and Mark have actively participated in the AHA’s Whole Herd Total Performance Records (TPR™) program. Their commitment to performance testing and their linebreeding program have continued to give them the superior genetics needed to increase the predictability and uniformity of their herd.
The family began marketing their cattle through production sales in 1967 before hosting their first sale at the ranch in March of 1980. This coming year marks their 41st annual production sale.
The Cooper Hereford Ranch is now managed by Mark and Cristy Cooper and consists of more than 5,000 acres, with 700 acres of grain and 1,000 acres of sprinkle-irrigated cropland. The remaining land is dryland and subirrigated pasture used to feed their 200 head of registered livestock. Along with running successful farming and ranching operations, Mark and Cristy are the parents of four daughters and grandparents of three.
Minnesota Hereford Breeders Annual Tour – Sept. 23
The Minnesota Hereford Breeders have announced plans for their annual tour, which will be held Saturday, Sept. 23, in south-central Minnesota. The tour will kick off at Schafer Herefords near Buffalo Lake, with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. In the afternoon, participants will stop at Stibal Hereford Farm at Lester Prairie, and David & Susan Jones’ of Le Sueur. Other breeders displaying cattle at the three farm stops will be Joy Clobes, Fairfax; Jim and Jeri Hanson, Comfrey; Cro Herefords, Grove City; and the Greg Harris family, Jordan.
Craig Huffhines, AHA executive vice president, will make a presentation on DNA testing and other new technologies in cattle evaluation at 10 a.m. The tour will visit FormAFeed’s facilities at Stewart for a plant tour and noon lunch, and Susan Jones, DVM, will demonstrate ultrasound pregnancy testing during the afternoon stop at her farm.
The Minnesota Beef Cattle Improvement Association will hold its annual meeting in conjunction with the morning portion of the tour.
Cost for the tour is $10 with advance notification or $15 the morning of the tour. The fee includes transit on an air-conditioned coach bus, lunch and a chance to win door prizes. Contact Jim or Jeri Hanson at (507) 877-3631 or email@example.com for more information or to register in advance.
AHW Offers BIF Sponsorship;
Deadline Sept. 15
The American Hereford Women (AHW) will grant a Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) Sponsorship annually to one AHA member. AHW will reimburse the recipient after receiving receipts for exact expenses involved in the travel, accommodations and registration (not to exceed $800) to attend the Annual BIF Meeting. The 2007 meeting is scheduled for June 6-9 in Ft. Collins, Colo.
The sponsorship is open to AHA members 23-40 years old. Applicants should complete the sponsorship form posted on the AHW Web site. Applications must be postmarked by Sept. 15.
An AHW committee will review the applications and select the recipient based on the paperwork received. The winner will be announced in October at the AHA Annual Meeting. For more information, contact Marsha Middleswarth, AHW president, at (307) 532-5427, or any AHW director.
Scholarship Applications Due Sept. 15
Applications for the Hereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA) Memorial scholarships are due Sept. 15. Four $1,250 scholarships and two $5,000 scholarships will be awarded to members of the National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) to assist in financing their college education. These scholarships are made possible to NJHA members by Bill and Jo Ellard, EE Ranches Inc.; Bob and Dolores Call, CBY Polled Herefords; Foundation Female Donors; and through contributions to the HYFA.
The Gary Bishop Memorial Scholarship applications are also due Sept. 15. Two $1,000 scholarships are available to NJHA members.
For more information, contact Chris Stephens at (816) 842-3757 or firstname.lastname@example.org.